A whopping 141 new Porsche vehicles were sold in March, a 61% increase from the month before, and 22% more than a year ago. According to the latest numbers from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), overall new vehicles sales increased by only 1.1% over the past year.
An average Porsche sells for just over R1 million in South Africa. Naamsa reported that 33 Cayman/Boxer, 19 Macan, 47 991, 11 Panamera, and 31 Cayenne models were sold in March. Most were sold by Porsche's Johannesburg dealership.
Spokesperson Christo Kruger said Porsche sales are set to jump again in July when the latest Cayenne is released.
Kruger said there's already been widespread South African interest in the upcoming Cayenne. "Watch the space," Kruger told Business Insider South Africa.
Kruger attributed the increase in sales to strong market demand near the end of 2017.
"One has to remember that Porsche buyers order vehicles months in advance," Kruger said.
"We rarely - if ever - keep vehicles as stock in South Africa. And when we do it is usually under special circumstances."
Another luxury car brand, Bentley, also saw a sharp increase - from five vehicles to eight.